Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen EmissionsThe world largest car manufacture Volkswagen made world news last week for the wrong reasons. The emissions coming out of Volkswagen diesel engines were not a true reflection of what they have stated officially.

The emissions problem began in the US. Regulators discovered that certain vehicles made by Volkswagen were fitted with software that would make their diesel engines operate differently when they sensed that the car was being tested.

It meant that the vehicles emitted considerably more pollutants in real world driving conditions than they had in testing.

Volkswagen has come up with a solution and will begin the largest recall in the brands history. They have moved quickly to find a solution and have outlined a plan.

Volkswagen will begin recalling all vehicles that have been affected by the diesel emissions test scandal. According to The Wall Street Journal, the recall will begin in the new year. However, German authorities have to approve of the company’s plans to fix the cars first. The recall is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

In the interim all VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi owners car go online and see if there car is one of the effected vehicles. All that is needed to check is the VIN Number/Chassis number on the official sites of each manufacturer:

In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, new Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller said that while the company hopes to fix all affected European cars by the end of 2016, it is still waiting for approval from the Environmental Protection Agency before the same recall can happen in the US. A software update would work for most cars, but other vehicles would require new fuel injection equipment and catalytic converters, he added.

In the mean time as a Volkswagen owner you must remember your car is still safe to drive. This fault will not affect on the actual running of the car. Volkswagen cars are still as reliable as they have ever been.

The cars will not fail the MOT as the UK Department of Transport’s (DoT) MOT emissions test for diesel cars measures the density of the particulates in the exhaust fumes, not the nature of the gasses produced.

A DoT spokesperson said “This is a smoke opacity test. It is not comparable to the laboratory or road emissions tests.”

The test is carried out using a calibrated smoke meter. This measures the soot content in the exhaust.

As for used car prices, from my own personnel view point the Volkswagen brand cars are still poplar in the auctions and little evidence can be seen for any price drop. This week we have seen no drop in the number of people want to purchase a second hand VW, as people still appreciate the brand for being strong a reliable and see the current situation as a mere technical issue.

No significant impact

As for the main industry valuations CAP Automotive said that it thought the current scandal would have ‘no discernible’ impact on used values, specifically pointing to the minor effects of previous global recalls and general public perceptions. Dylan Setterfield, senior forecasting editor at CAP said: “We do not expect there to be any significant impact on used values for VAG models in the UK as a direct result of the US emissions scandal. The last global recall was the Toyota/Lexus issue, and despite the fact that this had serious safety implications, there was no discernible impact on used values.

“It is also far from certain that VAG are the only ones to have employed such technology on their vehicles in the USA.

“UK consumers remain relatively unaware of Nitrogen Oxide emissions and are far more accepting of diesel technology than their counterparts in the USA. The overriding view is that diesel vehicles are more economical than their petrol equivalents (even if this is not always the case), and the torque characteristics of diesel engines are generally popular with drivers.

“There is already wide acceptance that official data regarding CO2 emissions and fuel economy are broadly unreliable across the board. This is reputational issue for VW and I’m sure they will take steps to reassure customers and rebuild trust.”

CAP said it had received a high volume of enquiries from across the industry around the potential impact on used values, and that it would continue to monitor the situation for any changes.